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Anonymous
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Read, write, and create access through a Power App without direct access to Dataverse table

Hello,

 

I'm fairly new to Power Apps and have been playing around with Dataverse to host an organizational app for data collection. 

 

I'm trying to figure out a way of having the Power App (the user) be able to read, write, and create records in a Dataverse table without him/her having direct access to that Dataverse table. We're basically trying to restrict interactions with the actual tables other than through the app itself. The reason being we're implementing some constraints for data entry within the app (e.g., specific dates where inputs are allowed, etc.).

 

Is this possible? I see "Application users"  in the User +Permission setting, could this be the way?

 

Thanks,

 

Fabian

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EricRegnier
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Hi @Anonymous,

If you're using Dataverse for Teams then no unfortunately it's not possible. In standard canvas app interacting with a Dataverse database, it's sort of possible if the Dataverse environment is not provisioned in the Default environment (see tip #1 for more info). Security in Dataverse is all the data level. It actually makes it more secure because the security set applies everywhere whether you're accessing via apps, the API, Excel, etc. Make sure these users do not have access to a model-driven app with those same tables, do not have "Maker" role or any customizations type of privileges (e.g. publish customizations) that would give them access to the Maker portal (make.powerapps.com). The only privilege they would need is the standard CRUD (create, read, write, delete privileges).

Caveat: if these users are techsavvy, they might be able to access via Excel or API, but again the privileges assigned would apply so only give them what they need

Hope this helps!

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Prakash4691
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@Anonymous ,

 

Create new model driven app and set a security role so only users with that security role will be able access that app. All sys admin will have access to the environment and underlying components.

 

Attached link for your reference.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/model-driven-apps/build-first-model-driven-app

 

If it answers your question, kindly give kudo and mark it as solution.

 

 

Regards,

Prakash

Anonymous
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Hi @Prakash4691,

 

I have not yet tried model-driven apps, only canvas app. Is this a capability only possible in model-driven apps and not canvas apps?

@Anonymous ,

 

From canvas app you can read data using collection but to create and update you have to use table.

 

In model driven app, everything is inbuilt you will not write any formulas like in canvas app. When you do CRUD operation underlying APIs will take care of. Model driven app and canvas app are different.

 

Included below link for reference,

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/build-powerapps/

 

I hope it answers your question, kindly give kudo and mark it as solution.

 

 

Regards,

Prakash

rampprakash
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EricRegnier
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Hi @Anonymous,

If you're using Dataverse for Teams then no unfortunately it's not possible. In standard canvas app interacting with a Dataverse database, it's sort of possible if the Dataverse environment is not provisioned in the Default environment (see tip #1 for more info). Security in Dataverse is all the data level. It actually makes it more secure because the security set applies everywhere whether you're accessing via apps, the API, Excel, etc. Make sure these users do not have access to a model-driven app with those same tables, do not have "Maker" role or any customizations type of privileges (e.g. publish customizations) that would give them access to the Maker portal (make.powerapps.com). The only privilege they would need is the standard CRUD (create, read, write, delete privileges).

Caveat: if these users are techsavvy, they might be able to access via Excel or API, but again the privileges assigned would apply so only give them what they need

Hope this helps!

Fubar
Multi Super User
Multi Super User

In addition to record level access via User/Business Unit/Team and Entity permissions, DataVerse also supports Field Level security - users can have create/update etc on a record but specific fields on that record can only be viewed/updated by users specific users with a specific Field Security Profile.  The implementation is probably better in Model Driven apps, but the restrictions will also apply to Canvas Apps.   https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/field-level-security

Anonymous
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Thanks everyone - I ended up using a SQL database for my app.

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